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Ohio State pro prospects work out for 123 NFL Reps including 9 head coaches at Pro Day

Curtis Samuel at OSU Pro Day

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis with OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson at OSU Pro Day


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March 23, 2017



13 Buckeyes, including a handful of high-round projections, take part in drills, discussions


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Pro Day has become a must-see event each March. The football program has developed 26 NFL Draft picks the past four years, including 12 last year, and seven first-round selections since 2013, thus making the Woody Hayes Athletic Center the place to be in March for NFL GMs, coaches and scouts, for family members of those seeking the opportunity to play on Sunday, and the media.


Thursday afternoon was no different. Under the direction of assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti, 13 players off the 2016 team took part in some combination of interviews, testing and competitive drills for more than 120 representatives encompassing all 32 NFL teams.


Among the NFL personnel on hand: head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and at least seven general managers.


Also on site: 79 credentialed members of the media, including two crews from the NFL Network (one is producing the online documentary featuring unanimous All-American and Rimington Trophy winner Pat Elflein) and one from Uninterrupted, which is taping a draft diaries documentary on cornerback Marshon Lattimore.


Similar to last year when 22 Buckeyes took part in Pro Day, this year’s competitors included a broad selection of positions represented, including three receivers (Curtis Samuel, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson), two cornerbacks (Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore) and two linebackers (Raekwon McMillan and Craig Fada).


Unanimous All-American safety Malik Hooker met with team reps but did not take part in drills.


2017 Pro Day Buckeye Bios …


WR Noah Brown (6-2, 218) – Spent three seasons at Ohio State and had two seasons of eligibility remaining … after playing in all 15 games as a true freshman in 2014, he red-shirted 2015 after breaking a bone in his leg during fall camp … started all 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2016 and ranked second on the team with 32 receptions and 402 receiving yards … named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … shared team lead with seven receiving touchdowns, including school-record tying four in the win at Oklahoma … 33 career receptions for 411 yards (12.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns.


SAF Jarrod Barnes (6-0, 200) – Walked-on to the Ohio State team in June of 2015 after graduating in three years from the University of Louisville with a degree in health and human performance … he played in five games during the past two seasons for the Buckeyes but he impacted the program and established himself as a team leader through his deeds off the field … Barnes graduated in August 2016 with his master’s degree in kinesiology and he immediately started work on his Ph.D. in sports management … he is believed to be the first active Ohio State football player ever to be working on a Ph.D. while still competing … Barnes is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree … he is currently working with Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, on developing a course for student-athletes who leave school early … Barnes was a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ team from 2012 through 2014, playing in 21 games in the 2013 (11 games) and 2014 (10 games) seasons.


CB Gareon Conley (6-0, 195) – Conley was named second-team all-Big Ten by league’s coaches in 2016 … played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback … team captain who ranked second on squad in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career … also had eight pass break-ups in 2016 and 15 for his career … named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2015 … totaled 91 career tackles and had one season of eligibility remaining.


K Tyler Durbin (6-3, 210) – Was one of the top kickers in college football in 2016 and as such was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award … he was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media … led the Big Ten in scoring and kick scoring … career-high three FGs in the road win at Wisconsin, including a game-tying 31-yarder with under 4 mins left to help send the game to overtime … hit two more FGs from 33 and 30 yards at Penn State, two in the win over No. 10 Nebraska and two more in the road win at Maryland … connected on all 11 extra point attempts in the win over Bowling Green, a school record … named special teams player of the game by the team … 2016 Academic All-District 5 and Academic All-Big Ten Conference … this was only his second season of competitive football … played soccer for two seasons at James Madison University after a stellar high school and club soccer career.

C Pat Elflein (6-3, 300) – Elflein was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center … made the move to center as a fifth-year senior … played in 55 games and was a three-year starter and finished with 42 starts, including 41 consecutive starts to close his career … named all-Big Ten Conference three consecutive years – twice at guard and once at center – and was Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2016 … led offensive line to a finalist position for the Joe Moore offensive line of the year award … graduated in May 2016 with his degree in communications.


LB Craig Fada (6-1, 225) – Spent five seasons with the Ohio State program and played in 51 games, including all 15 games during the 2014 national championship season and all 13 games in 2016 … averaged 15 special teams plays per game in 2015 and 17 in 2016 … one of the team leaders with 10 special teams tackles in 2016 and 21 for his career … excellent work on the practice and playing fields coupled with dependable and responsible actions off earned him a scholarship for the 2016 summer and fall terms … he and Joe Burger each earned four Varsity O letters in football after initially walking on to the team, something that certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all.


SAF Malik Hooker (6-2, 205) – Hooker, like Elflein, was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 after having a terrific season in his one-year as a starter … a third-year performer with sophomore eligibility this season, Hooker was a standout from game No. 1 when he recorded two interceptions in his first start … he ranked third nationally in interceptions with seven, interceptions yards with 181, and he was first among all players with three interception return touchdowns, including a critical 16-yarder in the win over Michigan … he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles … red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman and played in 12 games in 2015.


P Cameron Johnston (5-11, 198) – One of the finest punters in Ohio State history, Johnston was the Big Ten Conference’s Eddleman-Fields punter of the year in 2016 when he ranked fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 46.7-yard average … a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and a second-team All-American by five different selecting organizations … he led the Big Ten in punting three out of his four seasons with Ohio State and set school records for punts inside the 20 for a career (109) and season (31 in 2015), plus his 57.0-yard average against Illinois in 2014 is also a school record … his career average of 44.9 yards per punt is second in Ohio State history.


CB Marshon Lattimore (6-0, 192) – Lattimore spent three seasons with the Buckeyes but had a wonderful 2016 campaign by starting all 13 games and being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches … this talented performer, who had two seasons of eligibility remaining, was second on the team with four interceptions and he also contributed 41 tackles and nine pass break-ups for 13 total passes defended on the year … had career-high nine tackles and seven solo stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin … red-shirted the 2014 season and played in seven games in 2015 for 20 total games played.


LB Raekwon McMillan (6-2, 243) – Ohio State’s leading tackler the past two seasons with 102 in 2016 and 119 in 2015 … named first-team all-Big Ten, a second-team All-American (Associated Press, Walter Camp and three other organizations) and a semifinalist for both Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy … recorded 16 and 15 tackles in final two games of the season vs. Michigan and Clemson … All-Big Ten and second-team All-American in 2015 … started 26 games for the Buckeyes and played in 40 … a team captain in 2016 … had 270 career tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and nine pass break-ups … leaves with one season of eligibility remaining.


H-Back Curtis Samuel (5-11, 197) – Samuel was one of the explosive offensive playmakers in college football in 2016 and was the only player with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards … named a first-team All-American (Associated Press & The Sporting News), Samuel had 771 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a 7.9 per carry average, and he had 865 receiving yards off 74 receptions with seven more touchdowns … his season reception total is second in Ohio State history … Samuel is the only player in Ohio State history with at least 1,000 career rushing and receiving yards … he closed his three-year career (40 games & 13 starts) with 1,286 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns plus 107 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine scores.


WR Corey Smith (6-1, 190) – Graduated in spring 2016 with his degree in African American and African studies … transferred to Ohio State after one season at East Mississippi Junior College … spent four years with the Buckeyes, including a red-shirt season, and played in 28 games … caught 31 passes as a Buckeye for 351 yards and a 11.3 yards-per-reception average … best season statistically came in 2014 when he played in all 14 games and had 20 catches for 255 yards … his career totals, including junior college stats, included 110 receptions for 1,522 yards and 11 touchdowns.

WR Dontre Wilson (5-10, 195) – Played in 45 games during his career and made eight starts, including two starts as a senior (vs. Wisconsin and Maryland) … was on the Paul Hornung Award watch list in 2016 … had career-highs with 27 receptions for 352 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, including three catches for 37 yards and two TDs (and five rushes for 36 yards) in the win over Bowling Green … hauled in one pass – albeit a huge one – a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter in the overtime win at Wisconsin … had a career-high six receptions for 71 yards in the 2014 win over Cincinnati … finished his career with 77 receptions for 925 yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 touchdowns … ranks 23rd all-time at Ohio State with 2,876 all-purpose yards, a total that includes 1,280 kickoff return yards, good for fifth all-time at Ohio State … averaged 24.2 yards per return on 53 career kickoffs.









OSU Men’s coach Pete Hanson’s 1,000th Volleyball match ends with dramatic win over Illinois


Ohio State improves to 21-1 overall and 10-0 in MIVA play


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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Head coach Pete Hanson’s 1,000th career match extended into a 16-14 fifth set as the Scarlet & Gray battled back from an 11-8 deficit to escape Illinois with victory in hand (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 14-25, 16-14). No. 2 Ohio State (21-1) maintains its stronghold of the top spot in the MIVA standings at 10-0 while handing second-place and seventh-ranked Lewis its third conference loss (17-6, 10-3 MIVA). The Buckeyes are in pursuit of their league-best 26th regular season championship.

Pete Hanson

(file photo)


Hanson picked up his 666th triumph (666-334; .666). The four-time National Coach of the Year upped his MIVA career mark to 290-90 (.763) as well.



• Ohio State has recorded 20 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent’s home gym came in 2015)

• The Buckeyes are also riding a 25-match winning streak versus MIVA opponents


The reigning National Player of the Year, Nicolas Szerszen, delivered 18 kills and a total of 20.5 points. He was one of two Buckeyes to record a double-double, adding 11 digs to his kills sum. Fellow pin hitter Miles Johnson posted 13 kills and 10 digs. Maxime Hervoir found some success from the outside as well, bouncing a dozen kills.


Set 1: Ohio State swung an even .400 (12-2-25) in the opening frame, receiving multiple kills from four different players in an evenly-distributed attack set up by Christy Blough. The Buckeyes also stuffed Lewis three times, limiting the Flyers to a .238 offensive clip. A 13-13 ledger represented the 10th tied score of the set right before an 8-3 OSU run pushed the Buckeyes ahead for good in an eventual 25-22 winner.


Set 2: Lewis made a valiant comeback effort in the second, storming back from down 21-15 to pull even at 22-all. Ohio State halted the rally, however, grabbing three of the next four points to secure a 25-23 triumph entering intermission.


Set 3: Set number three mirrored the second, seeing a 22-22 tie ultimately converted into a 25-23 final score. And like a mirror, the result was flipped and the Flyers remained alive as set victors.


Set 4: The flood gates would open up midway through the fourth. Lewis burst through a 7-7 stalemate by rattling off 13 of the subsequent 15 points, building a commanding 20-9 edge. A fifth set was needed after the Flyers capped off the 25-14 equalizer.


Set 5: Trailing 11-8 in the deciding set, Hanson called a timeout to regroup. Three consecutive Buckeye kills would follow, sitting all-square at 11-11. The score was even again at 12-12, 13-13 and 14-14 before back-to-back attacking blunders committed by the Flyers gave Ohio State a thrilling triumph.


St. John Arena is the place to be next week, site of two home conference matches. Ohio State welcomes in Fort Wayne Thursday (March 23) and Ball State on Saturday (March 25).



Baseball Buckeyes beat #24 Florida Gulf Coast 5-4 in series finale Sunday


Buckeyes snap Eagles’ 10-game win streak in Sunday victory in Fort Myers, Fla.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team rebounded with a 5-4 victory at No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast in the final game of a three-game set Sunday afternoon at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Ohio State starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer quieted the FGCU bats, throwing five innings on one run and three hits, while outfielder Tre’ Gantt had a career-high four-hit day. First baseman Bo Coolen also hit a two-run home run in the road win. Ohio State improves to 6-8 overall, while the Eagles drop to 14-3 overall. The ranked victory for the Scarlet and Gray snapped a 10-game win streak by the Blue and Green.


“More than anything I like the resolve of the ball club,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We had two tough nights and it’s a time in the season when you can start having doubt, and we really regrouped and came out with great attitude. Those three runs early in the game were critical. We set the tempo and answered the bell right away. We were also able to execute situations, including two safety squeezes. When you look back at the game, those RBI bunt singles by Tre’ were huge for us.”


Ohio State scored three runs on three hits in the opening frame vs. left-handed starter Josh Dye, who fell to 3-1 on the year. Tre’ Gantt ignited the offense with a single to left and scored on a RBI triple by Jalen Washington. Bo Coolen then launched his first career home run as a Buckeye on a 3-1 pitch over the right field wall to make it a 3-0 contest.



After a solo home run by FGCU right fielder Corey Fehribach in the bottom of the third, Ohio State was rewarded for a miscue by the Eagle defense in the top of the fifth. Jacob Barnwell sprinted around the bags and slid in safely at third base after a throwing error by third baseman Richie Garcia. Gantt then placed a bunt down the first base line to push Barnwell home, who beat the throw at the dish on a feet-first slide.



The Buckeyes moved their lead to four runs in the seventh and it turned out to be huge. A lead-off double by Shea Murray started it off and the OSU outfielder was moved to third base on a sac bunt by Barnwell. A second bunt single by Gantt drove in Murray for the 5-1 score.



Despite being down four runs, the Eagles continued to battle at the plate, hoping to find another late-inning rally. The home team scored three runs on four hits, however, the Buckeyes were able to hold on with  right-handed reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos on the mound. After three straight doubles made it 5-3, a sacrifice fly trimmed the Buckeye lead to one run. With the tying run on first base, the OSU right-hander got a ground out to Coolen at first base before a ground out to Noah McGowan at second base sealed the victory for the boys.



Niemeyer limited the FGCU bats to one run on three hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts in five innings of work to improve to 2-2 on the season. Right-handed reliever Kyle Michalik relieved Niemeyer to begin the sixth inning and registered two scoreless innings. Right-handed reliever Seth Kinkerreplaced Michalik in the bottom of the eighth. He induced a big double play ground ball to record the first two outs before getting a FGCU hitter to roll over with a ground out to second base. Pavlopoulos finished game, allowing three runs on three hits in the ninth inning.


“Nemo [Niemeyer] can compete,” Beals said. “What Adam needs to do is command his fastball and he did that today. He was at the bottom of the zone. When he can do that, it allows his other pitches to play in and he’s going to be tough. We need that out of him. One of our captains gave a captain-type performance today.”



Gantt led the team with a .364 average (4-for-11) with a run scored, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base. Coolen and Barnwell each hit .300 on the weekend too.

Ohio State continues its spring break trip with two midweek contests at the 2017 Snowbird Classic in the Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes face Lehigh Tuesday and Bucknell Wednesday at North Charlotte Regional Park. Both games start at 2:30 p.m. ET.


·         The Buckeyes are now 1-2 all-time vs. Florida Gulf Coast. 

·         Ohio State is now 2-3 vs. nationally-ranked opponents in 2017. 

·         Gantt has reached base safely in all 14 games. He had a career-high four-hit performance vs. the Eagles. 

·         Other reach base streaks extended: Coolen (8) and Ratcliff (5).

·         Hit streaks extended: Ratcliff (3).

Multi-hit games: Gantt (4)

·         Multi-RBI game: Coolen (2) and Gantt (2)

·         Michalik extends his earned run scoreless streak to 21.1 innings (since 2016).

·         Coolen hit his first home run as a Buckeye, while Washington knocked his first career triple.






Ohio State baseball gets blasted at #24 Florida Gulf Coast, 13-1

Buckeyes and Eagles conclude series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Swanson Stadium

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 13-1 decision to No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Game three of the series is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Ohio State falls to 5-8 overall, while the Eagles improve to 14-2 overall, extending their win streak to 10-consecutive games.


The Buckeyes scored a run in the top of the second when Bo Coolen crossed the dish after a fielding error up the middle by Julio Gonzalez. Coolen reached on a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.



Down by one, FGCU tallied three runs in the bottom of the second to jump on top, 3-1. After a lead-off walk, the Eagles strung four straight base-hits together against right-hander Ryan Feltner. The OSU pitcher limited the damage when he struck out lead-off hitter Matt Reardon to leave runners on the corners. However, the Eagles chalked up three more runs in the following at-bat to make it a 6-1 game. FGCU ripped two straight singles off the first pitch vs. Feltner before a hit by pitch loaded the bases. The big blow was when Reardon knocked a three-run double on a 1-1 count off the wall in left to give the Eagles a five-run lead. FGCU added an insurance run in the seventh when Reardon drove a runner around on a triple down the RF line. The home squad plated five more runs in the eighth. Reardon had a career day at the plate for the Blue and Green, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, triple and eight RBI. FGCU starter Kutter Crawford limited the Buckeye bats to one unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.



Freshmen Conner Pohl and Noah West each recorded their first collegiate hits in the top of the ninth in pinch-hitting situations.



Starting pitcher Ryan Feltner dropped to 0-3 on the year. He allowed six runs on nine hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Left-handed reliever Connor Curlis began the sixth inning. He gave up one run on one hit with four strikeouts and three walks in two innings.  Right-handed pitcher Reece Calvert pitched the eighth inning. He gave up five runs on three hits with two walks, facing four batters. Right-handed reliever Gavin Lyon recorded the final three outs on the mound, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Ohio State and No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Right-hander Adam Niemeyer (1-2, 5.14 ERA) squares off vs. left-hander Josh Dye (3-0, 1.86 ERA).


·         The Buckeyes drop to 0-2 all-time vs. FGCU.

·         Ohio State is 1-3 vs. nationally-ranked opponents in 2017.

·         Ohio State left seven runners on base, while FGCU stranded 10 runners.

·         Gantt have reached base safely in all 13 games.

·         Other reach base streaks extended: Coolen (7), McGowan (6), Cowles (5) and Ratcliff (4).

·         Feltner struck out a season-high seven hitters today.

·         Curlis tied his career high with four strikeouts.

·         Hit streaks extended: McGowan (3).

·         Multi-hit games: McGowan (3).

·         Lyon made his second appearance in his OSU career.






Ohio State Athletics: Some incredible streaks for coaches

Urban Meyer’s First 15: Winning Streaks

Hanson: 41-consecutive wins; Tucker: 200!; Meyer: four 20-game winning streaks


COLUMBUS, Ohio Winning streaks can tend to be really impressive, and Ohio State athletics has produced some of the more notable streaks in recent times. Consider:


§  Coach Pete Hanson’s No. 1-ranked men’s volleyball team is currently riding a Midwestern Collegiate Volleyball Association record 41-match winning streak – the defending national champions haven’t been beaten in nearly 400 days – and are just six wins away from UCLA’s NCAA record; and


§  Tennis coach Ty Tucker’s men’s team went 11 years and 11 months without losing a home tennis match between 2003 and 2015, winning an astonishing 200 consecutive matches in Columbus for the longest home win streak in NCAA Division I sports history.


Football coach Urban Meyer has an impressive streak, or set of streaks, to his credit as well through his first 15 seasons as a head coach: he has coached teams to four winning streaks of at least 20 games. He is one of 41 Division I coaches to lead a football team to at least 20 consecutive wins and one of nine coaches to have two such streaks, but no one has three, much less four, 20-game winning streaks to their credit.


Meyer’s Ohio State teams own the record for longest conference winning streak: 30 consecutive Big Ten wins between 2012-15.


Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches

Urban Meyer

25 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)

23 – Ohio State (2014-15)

22 – Florida (2008-09)

20 – Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)


Walter Camp

28 – Yale (1888-89)

27 – Yale (1890-92)

Robert Neyland

22 – Tennessee (1937-39)

20 – Tennessee (1950-51)

Tom Osborne

26 –Nebraska (1994-96)

22 –Nebraska (1982-83)

Joe Paterno

23 – Penn State (1968-69)

20 – Penn State (1993-95)

Barry Switzer

28 – Oklahoma (1973-75)

20 – Oklahoma (1986-87)

Bud Wilkinson

*47 – Oklahoma (1953-57)

31 – Oklahoma (1948-50)

George Woodruff

34 – Pennsylvania (1894-96)

31 – Pennsylvania (1896-98)

Fielding Yost

29 – Michigan (1901-03)

26 – Michigan (1903-05)


*NCAA record streak

Consecutive Wins, Conference Games


1.      30  Ohio State, Big Ten – 2012-15

2.      29  Florida State, ACC – 1992-95

3.      28  Florida State, ACC – 2012-15

4.      27  Alabama, SEC – 1976-80

5.      27  Miami, Fla., Big East – 1999-2003







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